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to love John Lewis?

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Mintyy Tue 30-Apr-13 18:39:03

I'm not, am I?

I was there today. It was flipping lovely. I unleashed my hidden materialistic self. I had a brief fantasy about what it would be like to have so much money that I could totally John Lewis my entire life.

<contented sigh>

Oh, and I bought four items.

BookieMonster Wed 01-May-13 01:13:23

I miss JL more than most other UK shops. I came over all unnecessary when they started delivering to Oz.

MummyPig24 Wed 01-May-13 00:56:09

It's so naice. It's so civilised. Love going to the baby section and playing with the posh prams that I can't afford and looking at the lovely clothes. The home section is great too. Oh and the crepe bar!

BreatheandFlyAway Tue 30-Apr-13 23:42:14

I used to work opposite JL in Oxford Street. My Xmas shopping was so lovely and easy in those days - it would be one lunch hour (somewhat extended blush), I would go from the top to the bottom in a highly engineered shop (from too much time spent there I knew it like back of hand) and have a spot on present for everyone on my list - no stress and lots of pleasure!

fossil971 Tue 30-Apr-13 23:40:30

I really love John Lewis especially for their faithful provision of a haberdashery/sewing/knitting department through the lean years when nearly all the other department stores closed them down.

Sadly the new stores are a bit disappointing - I agree the lighting and displays are so neat, safe and bland they are completely devoid of personality and don't do them justice. The Highcross Leicester store should be stunning but inside it just looks dated with predictable displays of immaculately arranged Cath Kidston bags and stuff. A "JL At Home" has opened recently near us and I want to love it but they rarely have anything I want to buy and the car park is often so worryingly empty, I hope they don't end up closing. And the cafe menu is so expensive it's offputting - people round here normally want a sandwich and something child friendly, not an expensive plated prawn salad.

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Apr-13 23:31:01

Growing up, my local JL was Caleys in Windsor. It's now a MacDonalds hotel. My DM is not impressed.

Tanith Tue 30-Apr-13 23:24:34

They used to do a magnificent Seafood Salad in the 80s, and freshly made chocolate crepes (sighs dreamily for happy, bygone days smile)

deeplydullmnnickname Tue 30-Apr-13 22:59:04

Such is the dominance of JL in our house that my ds has written stories inspired by it at school. The two main characters being John and Lewis. I do hope it made his teacher smile.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 30-Apr-13 22:56:59

I love JL BUT they have changed The Place to Eat in my local one and it is now crap and has quite put me off going. Apparently they have brought it in line with other JLs. <pity>

IntheFrame Tue 30-Apr-13 22:55:56

I like their staff policies (from both perspectives).

I like their customer service.

I hate their store design - everything from merchandising to shop layout to store colours. Scarily bland. I can never find anything I actually want to buy in their stores - they make things look dreadful and plain.

deeplydullmnnickname Tue 30-Apr-13 22:55:18

Myroomisatip I have got an Ikon sofa, indeed I'm sitting on it now, and absolutely love it. It's sooooo comfortable. Extortionate as we had special fabrics instead of the standard ones but worth it. Just watch the wooden feet as ours were chipped on delivery and had to be replace. Obviously this being JL they dealt with it very efficiently and sent us some vouchers too.

Yes what is this outbreak of using the non-word luff. Please stop it.

CointreauVersial Tue 30-Apr-13 22:55:09

Ohhhh yes, that Monday closing thing. Twas really bizarre (and annoying).

CointreauVersial Tue 30-Apr-13 22:54:15

GOML- you are missing out. John Lewis is the mutt's nuts.

Remember when we had all that snow, and several people were stranded overnight in the JL store by the M40 in High Wycombe? envy Lucky blighters.

ReturnOfEmeraldGreen Tue 30-Apr-13 22:53:19

I do love JL. They are opening a new branch in Birmingham next year and I am quite pathetically excited about it.

Plus3 Tue 30-Apr-13 22:48:49

Another huge fan - Heelas was my home store as well, and we used to go to ride the bubble lifts. grin

Mintyy Tue 30-Apr-13 22:47:22

I had a cheese scone and a coffee for my breakfast in The Place To Eat.

Such a decadent day.

NiceTabard Tue 30-Apr-13 22:40:00

Agree with others that the food places are generally overpriced, and not the sort of food I'm keen on.

Kids clothes last forever though.

DancingDolly Tue 30-Apr-13 22:39:43

I have never had a stale scone in JL getorfmoiland. Their fruit scones and a pot of tea is one of lifes little pleasures

NiceTabard Tue 30-Apr-13 22:38:54

I spend JL vouchers on waitrose food as well.
Only makes sense.

Lilymaid Tue 30-Apr-13 22:33:11

I've spent tens of thousands in John Lewis and Waitrose over many years. I find the shops muchg more civilized than many others.

But what I like particularly is that it is a partnership and that during the last Conservative government, when everything was being privatised, the Tory press used to say how much better it would be if JLP was a proper plc with shareholders rather than partners. Judging by the success of the partnership over the last 20 years, and what has happened to some other stores including M & S, they were very wrong!

TalcAndTurnips Tue 30-Apr-13 22:25:48

The JL at West Quay in Southampton is fecking enormous and well worth a diversion if you are in the locale.

Four floors of fabulousness - the top floor cafe has floor-to-ceiling windows along one side with panoramic views of cruise and cargo ships coming and going.

Tanith Tue 30-Apr-13 22:21:37

I love them, too.

They took over Heelas in Reading many years ago - it is still called Heelas; they never changed the name.

For years, they were closed on a Monday - because the staff wanted to keep their Monday day off.

It was always known as the place to work because they were so considerate of their staff.

I used to love wandering around it. The displays were fantastic, the quality first class. The staff were always helpful.

usualsuspect Tue 30-Apr-13 22:21:20

I had a £20 gift card for JL I couldn't find anything to buy. I spent it in waitrose in the end on a loaf of bread and a bottle of Smirnoff.

spottyparrot Tue 30-Apr-13 22:17:48

I like JL. I think their stuff varies in price - I recently got 2 really nice pillowcases. Thery weren't reduced, but were only £3 each anyway. They obv have hugely expensive stuff but there's good value quality stuff as well.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 30-Apr-13 22:12:32

I had a stale scone from Waitrose once.

I took it back and said 'this is not what I expect from Waitrose'

I sounded like a ghastly snob but if you can't beat them, join them.

Ridiculously expensive for a supermarket cafe. Especially considering it is in the middle of Cheltenham and loads of decent restaurants where you can have a decent lunch with waitresses etc.

usualsuspect Tue 30-Apr-13 22:10:43

The cafe is a rip off, if I wanted to spend £25 on lunch I wouldn't spend it in a JL cafe.

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